Welcome to the fourth New Paths spring festival!

4th – 7th April 2019

An abundance of world-class music awaits you in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Beverley this spring. Join us in April for one of the most dynamic new festivals in the land, featuring chamber music, song, late-night events, family concerts, free performances, talks, an organ recital and a world premiere. We hope that you enjoy perusing the brochure. Sign up to our mailing list to receive news about the festival.  On this page we pick out some things to look out for in the festival.

Look out for …

Schubert Odyssey

A rare opportunity to hear in a few days all three of the great song cycles by Schubert, as well as his beloved Trout Quintet.

Join singers Nicholas Mulroy, Marcus Farnsworth and Jonathan Lemalu, and Artistic Director Libby Burgess, on this epic journey.

Not to be missed.

Journeys and homes

Inspired by the Schubert cycles, a broader theme of journeying, homes and displacement runs through the festival, from Ireland’s Songs of a Wayfarer to Messiaen’s iconic Quartet for the End of Time.

A highlight is sure to be the performance of Howard Skempton’s atmospheric setting of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Children’s events

Our watery theme is picked up in a family performance of The Wind in the Willows, John Rutter’s charming musical setting of Kenneth Grahame’s timeless story.

Our youngest of audiences also set sail on a musical voyage in a special concert for babies & toddlers.

© Keith Britton

Moments to reflect

The festival this year falls in Lent, so we offer two free performances of reflective music: a chance to pray, meditate or just listen and be.

Homage to Howells

With generous support from the Herbert Howells Trust we are exploring the stunning output of this unduly neglected English composer.

Best known for his choral works, this is a chance instead to hear his ethereal and distinctive chamber music.

Female composers

We continue to explore the work of women composers, celebrating Clara Schumann in her 200th anniversary year, and also profiling Rebecca Clarke.

Other female composers featured range from Ethel Smyth, Fanny Mendelssohn and the Boulanger sisters to Hildegard of Bingen!

New music

New Paths continues its pattern of annually commissioning a new work from a leading composer.

Stephen McNeff’s new oboe and piano work The Pilgrim Rabbit Walks the Westwood is inspired by Beverley and is premiered on Friday 5th April.

Musical friendships

Our name is based on the musical friendship of Brahms and Schumann, and we continue to programme music reflecting composers’ friendships.

We also welcome our own friends and are honoured to feature pianist Martin Roscoe,
Co-Artistic Director with Libby Burgess of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival.